Cherry Tree

Synopsis: Faith's world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches' coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that's growing at an alarming rate. But with the clock to the child's birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy's plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.
85 min


- Yeah that's,

yeah, that's really good.

And you, you like

being a hockey coach?

- Yes.

The girls love to play,

and if they're happy, I'm happy.

- Mm.

- Can be tricky, though.

- I pity the boys

trying to date them.

But on the pitch

they're actually great.

- Getting out all their


I suppose.

- Something like that.

I, I can't.

I'm sorry.

It's so good to see you.

I, I'm gonna go.


- I reject the good.

I reject the light.

I embrace the dark.

I embrace the night.

Beneath this magic tree

given to the first witches

by the Prince of

the Underworld...

we will bleed this

body of its life.

We reach out to his realm

with this special gift.

Enchant this fruit and

grant us your familiars.

They will be our bond

with the world beneath.

Give us that power.

Give us your favor.

Death is the beginning

of everything.

Death is the beginning.

Death is the beginning.

- Orchard got its name

because it's located

in a fruit farming area.

The town is also founded

by a Utopian cult

which was later linked

to witchcraft.

The most famous witch

was Eleanor Young.

She was said to have been given

an enchanted Cherry Tree

as a gift from the underworld.

The roots of the tree

were nourished by

the blood of human sacrifice

which, in turn gave her

the power to use its magic.

She also used its wood and fruit

to perform her spells

and glamours.

The story goes that

she was arrested

and convicted of

witchcraft but...

when they tried to

burn her at the stake

the fire wouldn't light.

- Ooh, nice block.

- All in a day's work.

- Eventually she was

banished from the town.

- Hold it, Brian.

Is there something going on?

I asked a question.

Okay, carry on, Brian.

- He's not bad, is he?

- Thank you, Miss.

- Shame about the hair, though.

Eleanor Young's legend features

strongly in local folklore but

there are, in fact,

no records that exist

to prove she ever lived

and, well,

no one's ever found

the magic tree.

But many people in

the 16th century

were accused of witchcraft

and communing with evil spirits.

They were often

burned at the stake

with little proof of guilt.

- Communing?

Isn't that like an orgy?

- You know, I think that

does mean 'orgy', yeah.

- People, please.

Can we just concentrate

on folklore.

- F***-lore.

- Faith. Amy.

I'll see you both after class.

- Okay, girls, line up!

My name is Sissy Young

and I'm your new coach.

Now I know the loss

of Miss Hunt last year

must have been very

difficult for all of you

and things will

never be the same.

But I know that she wouldn't

want you to live in past.

She would want you to train hard

and play to the best

of your abilities.

So, let's honor her memory

and play every game

this year to win.

I have two places

available on the senior team

for the match on Friday.

Let's see you play.

- Ah.

- Sorry.

Hey, comedians, cut it out.

- What's your name?

- Faith Maguire.

- Okay-

Let's go!

- That's not where your

sani-pad goes, Faith.

- Can I have your attention,


I've made my decision for

the senior team line-up

for the game on Friday.

Caroline St John

and Jennifer Engels,

you will captain the team

as usual.

- What a shame,

the fifteen year old

virgin didn't make it.

- Shut up, Caroline.

- I'm not finished, ladies.

I like to reward talent,

so I'm pleased to announce

the first place on the subs

bench will go to Faith Maguire.

- You know Brian has

a huge crush on you.

- Brian Kelly?

- He's cute.

- Well, you go out

with him then.

- That's my plan.

- Are you gonna help me or what?

- Because I'm a mechanic now?

- Oh, f***ing whatever.

Just come and help me.

Lift that up.

- Well done, Faith.

Best hockey player

to never get a match.

- Oh, just piss off, will you?

- Congratulations

on not making the team.

Virgins and retards

tend not to fit in.

- Hey, no, no, no.

- Alright, girls, that's enough.

- Save it for the hockey field.

Shake hands.

Jennifer, Caroline, I'm sure

you've got somewhere to be.

- Come on, let's go.

- We have another

senior match on Friday.

Will you play'?

- Love to.

Come on.


- Hey, Faith.

- Where's dad?

- He's just...

' Dad?

Have you taken your meds

since this morning?

- Thank you.

I'm fine.

I'm fine, come on.

- Well we've got a hearse

waiting outside, if you need it.

- Very funny, smartass.

Shouldn't you be learning stuff

or something?

- I have news.

- Yeah?

- Got put on the senior

hockey team today.

- That's amazing.

- No fags.

Come on, Dad, at least try

and look after yourself,

I'm worried about you.

- Don't be,

don't think about it.

Think about your birthday.

Let's have a party.

- Bye.

- See you.

- She's always going on at me.

- Hey, Faith.



- Hey, Brian.

" What's up?

I was looking for you

after class.

- You were?

- Yeah, urn,

I was just wondering like,

if you've got time or whatever,

D'you wanna go see a film

or get a pizza or something?

- I just don't think Amy

would be very happy with that.

" So?

She's not...

My girlfriend.

- Yeah, but she's my friend

and she likes you so, sorry.

- Cool, yeah.

- Sorry.

- No.

- That's my dad.

That's our house.

- Okay, cool.

- I am very flattered.

- Well, look,

if you change your mind

I'll be standing right here.


- You alright?

- Dad, are you okay?

- Dad, can you hear me?

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Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy is a British artist and designer who has worked for comic books, film and television. He co-wrote the film Mad Max: Fury Road. more…

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